This Project has been developed and shared on the RS Design Spark Community by ChelseaBack.
In this project, students can use a Raspberry Pi and DS18B20 temperature sensor to make a winter thermometer with a snow alert. Students can develop their Python programming skills by writing the code. The project is described in great detail on the Design Spark Page and includes programming details and wiring details.
Incorporating 3D Printing
This project is perfect for adapting to 3D printing, students can design and 3D print their own bespoke casings for the Raspberry Pi and the electronic components.
This is a great project for the winter months and leading up to Christmas, as it gives lots of scope for students to to use their creativity in designing and making a winter or Christmas themed casing – stars, Christmas trees, etc. It also allows students to produce a functional and decorative product.
About Project Ideas
“Project Ideas” are a series of ideas shared by the CREATE Education Project to provide inspiration and a starting point for students to develop their own projects that utilise 3D printing for prototyping and/or to enhance the final solution.
Many of the ideas shared would provide suitable starting points for students in Further or Higher Education who are undertaking their own personal projects, allowing them to adapt and extend the projects to develop new outcomes. Some of these projects could also be tackled in a similar way by high school students undertaking individual project work.
Alternatively suitable projects could be selected by teachers and assigned to teams of students in a project based learning approach. A series of editable templates and resources have been developed to support the project based learning approach. These include:
- Project Planning Templates – A series of editable templates for course leaders or teachers to use when planning student projects.
- Presentation Templates – A series of editable PowerPoint slides for course leaders or teachers to use for presenting project stages to groups of students.
- Student Project Worksheets – A series of editable worksheets for individuals or groups of students to use for planning and documenting their projects.
These resources can be downloaded by clicking the links in the right column.